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Drive to highlight looming Employment Equity deadline

by lloyd last modified 2009-07-23 13:27

23 July 2009

It’s that time of the year in the South African labour market calendar when employers are required to submit their Employment Equity (EE) Reports.

In an effort to remind and assist employers go through the annual exercise without much hassle, the Labour Department will on Tuesday (July 28) kick-off its nationwide awareness campaign in the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga provinces, launching a series of its month-long road shows scheduled to end in August.  

New amended regulations aimed at making reporting by employers short and easy will be demonstrated at the road shows.

According to Labour Spokesperson Page Boikanyo, the new abridged method had resulted from numerous complaints by employers about the lengthy forms they always had to complete.

“While the new method entails simplified forms, the data and the integrity of the system have not been sacrificed. We would, however, also urge for the continued use of on-line report-filing by companies ahead of the October 1 deadline.

The department had been encouraged by the fact that in 2008, more than half (over 4 000) of those who submitted their equity reports did so on-line.

“A lot of people, however, still do not realise that filling in the forms is not the only EE requirement as the real work is reporting on progress made at the workplace in regard to transformation. This entails consultation, audit and analysis as well as proper employment equity plan and the achievement of numerical goals,” Boikanyo said.

Next week’s road shows in the two provinces will last for about three hours each. The media is invited. Details of venues and time are as follows:

Northern Cape Roadshow:

Venue:                        Flamingo Casino, Kimberley

Duration:                    10:00 – 13:00

Contact:                      Anne Du Plessis (053- 838 1537)


Mpumalanga Roadshow:

Venue:                        Protea Hotel Witbank, Witbank

Duration:                    10:00 – 13:00

Contact:                      Georgina Malatsi (013-6558789)

                                    Tony Mphahlele (0799869850)

Enquiries:          Page Boikanyo






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